LEH – Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Monday said the armed forces will keep giving befitting reply to Pakistan until it stops infiltration.
The statement by Singh came a day after Army chief General Bipin Rawat said that 6 to 10 Pakistan Army personnel were killed and three militant camps destroyed in retaliatory action by the Indian Army across the Line of Control(LoC) opposite the Tangdhar and Keran sectors in Jammu and Kashmir.
Singh was speaking at a function in Leh for the inauguration of the 1,400-ft Col ChewangRinchenbridge in eastern Ladakh over Shyok River, the highest-altitude permanent bridge in the country.
In his address, he also asserted that after abrogation of sections of Article 370 and Article 35A, the Ladakh region will now only “draw friends” and “leave no scope for enemies”.
“However, our neighbour Pakistan… Our armed forces have never been offensive on the Pakistani side. We have never done the first firing,” Singh said.
“But, by supporting (militant) activities attempts have been made from the other side to destabilise, weaken and compromise the integrity of India,” he added.
And, Indian armed forces have given a “befitting reply” to them, he said.
Singh said, “If they do not stop infiltration, our armed forces will keep giving befitting reply until they (Pakistan) stop such activities.”